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  1. B

    Leica Trinovid 10x50 BA dimmer than a Swarovski EL 8x32 SV?

    Under what circumstances would a 10x50 be dimmer than a 8x32? Background: I had the chance to buy a Leica Trinovid 10x50 BA. Optics clean, no fungus or hazing. Cosmetically excellent. I adjusted the diopter and looked. Sharp in-focus image, CA mild but visible. Then I used my Swarovski EL 8x32...
  2. I

    What say you to this serial number, Gentlemen?

    I have an option on one from the same batch in (presumably unopened) OEM packaging. These are bona fide items from the estate of an Austrian senior officer. What I find most intriguing is the serial number, especially since I have not been able to work it out at all from the plentyful...
  3. B

    Looking for spotting scope advice

    Hi all, I'm looking to buy a spotting scope and I've already made a post (Spotting Scope Suggestions) considering some options. However, now I have come across a used Swarovski ATS 80HD in mint condition, which comes with both the 20-60x and the 25-50x, an original Swaro SOC, as well as a...
  4. J

    8.5 x 42 EL Swarovski Questions.

    Hey all, first post here. I've read many of your posts and learned a lot from you all, thank you. My question today is regarding the Swarovski 8.5 x 42 EL. I have not tried them yet but really want to. My only concerns are: 1) Are these too heavy for EDC 2) Is the FOV good for birding? Can't...
  5. ajfossey

    Swarovski Backpack 30

    Firstly, apologies to BirdForum administrators if I’m posting this request for opinion in a less than appropriate category. Here in the UK, the Swarovski optik backpack 30 is available for purchase for around £190. Whilst not inexpensive, it does have the advantage of being manufactured from...
  6. No birds today...

    No birds today...

    Do you know the situation when travelling quite some time to a beautiful spot, where you expect to see some birds for sure, and end up taking photos of your gear because not a single bird shows up? I was waiting for cranes, but instead took a photo of my Scope...
  7. Short-eared Owl

    Short-eared Owl

    Phonescoped with an iPhone 5S, Swarovski PA-i5 adapter, Swarovski ATX 85mm, it is amazing what you can do with a phone & a scope these days.
  8. Ruddy Duck

    Ruddy Duck

  9. Herring Gull

    Herring Gull

    Herring Gull eating a starfish during low tide at Newport Oregon, USA. Digiscoped....misty, cloudy day....
  10. Killdeer


    Killdeer...Digiscoped. Still working on image placement as most of my digiscoping images are centered. But my point and shoot doesn't have various focal points as my DSLR and...usually digiscoping is pretty upclose, so not much change to center from that aspect either. but am working on to...
  11. Belted Kingfisher

    Belted Kingfisher

    Belted Kingfisher..USA..Washington State. DIGISCOPED with Swarovski 80mmHD with a Canon S90. ISO of 100, F4.9, shutter 1/400
  12. Sparrowhawk


    First outing with the Nikon Coolpix 8400. Poor light & rain but at least the bird sat still for a few minutes
  13. Red-backed Fairywren

    Red-backed Fairywren

    A cute little bird wandering around with its family and rarely still!
  14. Australian Pelican

    Australian Pelican

    Had just taken a rest from fishing!